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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Muscle Relaxants (Overview)

Muscle relaxants are a kind of pain medication.


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What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?

What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?

See below: I avoid Soma as it is essentially a tranquilizer, not a muscle relaxer. Both Zanaflex and Flexeril are good medications. There best one is the one that works best for you. Other options (less sedating) are Baclofen and skelaxin (metaxalone). ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
159 Doctors shared insights

Muscle Relaxants (Overview)

Muscle relaxants are a kind of pain medication.


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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine the cause of your strain if possible
Once
Try rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE)
Daily
Ease back into activity; don't overdo it
Once
Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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Why did my doctor prescribe muscle relaxants? I need pain relief!

Why did my doctor prescribe muscle relaxants? I need pain relief!

Pain is complicated!: There are several types of pain including nerve pain and muscle pain. Although they often feel the same to a patient, a doctor knows that trying to clarify the type of pain often points to a more helpful solution. Muscle relaxants are often more effective than pain killers and so can be more appropriate for certain types of pain. ...Read more

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Are there any prescribed non sedating muscle relaxants I can take for tmj? I do also take wellbutrin (bupropion) and topomax.

Are there any prescribed non sedating muscle relaxants I can take for tmj? I do also take wellbutrin (bupropion) and topomax.

Get treatment: Medicines only provide 'superficial' treatment for tmj. You need treatment from a trained dentist who can diagnose and treat this problem...Most likely with a special night guard. ...Read more

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Can I use valerian as a muscle relaxant...Been on flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) and trying to get off it?

Can I use valerian as a muscle relaxant...Been on flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) and trying to get off it?

Please talk to: Your doctor for help getting off flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl). Stopping cold turkey can be hard, & possibly dangerous. Valerian probably won't help much, & it's safety isn't assured. ...Read more

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Can diazepam be used as a muscle relaxant? Would a doctor prescribe it for that?

Can diazepam be used as a muscle relaxant? Would a doctor prescribe it for that?

Can be: There are no good muscle relaxants- think about it-if you take a pill that hits all your muscles and made them relax (not contract) you would be too weak to stand. All meds are a compromise to try to decrease spasms, but not be too dangerous. Diazepam (valium) is one that can be used in this manner. But must be used carefully as people can become dependant upon it. Short term use (days) only. ...Read more

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Most effective. Muscle relaxants for chronic. L4-l5 pain?

Physical therapy: 1st go see your family doc for evaluation. Need to make sure no other reason for low back pain. 2nd consult physical therapist for activities to improve strength, flexibility & posture to minimize aggravation. 3rd consider Acetaminophen if liver is ok, nsaids if stomach & kidneys are ok. Narcotics & muscle relaxants can lead to confusion & addiction, thus are best avoided in long run. See pain doc. ...Read more

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Do OTC muscle relaxants work for back pain?

Yes: I prefer non sedating relaxants and my favorite is robaxin (methocarbamol) if there are no contraindications. ...Read more

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Why is Valium the only benzo that also works as a muscle relaxant? What's special about it in that way?

Why is Valium the only benzo that also works as a muscle relaxant? What's special about it in that way?

It isn't: All benzodiazepines can help muscle relaxation. Valium is used often because of long half-life so less rebound adverse effects. ...Read more

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Safe to take norgesic muscle relaxant if you need to drive to work?

Safe to take norgesic muscle relaxant if you need to drive to work?

Probably not: Norgesic is like many other "muscle relaxants". The main ingredient is an antihistamine which can definitely cause drowsiness. I would not advise people to take this medication and then get behind the wheel. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take muscle relaxants and hydrocodone together?

Is it dangerous to take muscle relaxants and hydrocodone together?

Depends: Generally, I would say no. Depends upon your health history, which muscle relaxant, how much hydrocodone you take, etc.... ...Read more

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What are side effects of the muscle relaxant norgesic?

What are side effects of the muscle relaxant norgesic?

See below: Side effects of Norgesic are those seen with aspirin, caffeine or those associated with mild anticholinergic agents. These may include tachycardia, palpitation, urinary retention, dry mouth, blurred vision, dilatation of the pupil, increased intraocular tension, weakness, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, constipation, drowsiness, and rarely, urticaria. Eldery patients may be confused. ...Read more

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How long does flexrile stay in your system. The muscle relaxant?

Ranges 8-37 hours: Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) (cyclobenzaprine) is extensively metabolized in liver to inactive form and excreted in urine. Some amount also excreted unchanged through bile in feces the mean half life is about 18 hours. ...Read more

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How much time would it take 30 muscle relaxants to take effect?

How much time would it take 30 muscle relaxants to take effect?

24-72 hours: Almost all commonly prescribed muscle relaxants act centrally and take effect after 24-72 hours. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my girlfriend is suffering effects from muscle relaxants?

What is she taking: Check and find out what muscle relaxers your girlfriend is taking and see if you can get her to stop ...Read more

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How do muscle relaxants work?

How do muscle relaxants work?

Two kinds: Those used in surgery for paralysis and those used for pain indications on a PRN (as needed) basis:

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Muscle_relaxant ...Read more

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Can muscle relaxants destroy muscle tissue?

Do not believe so: I am not aware of any scientific study thatprove or disprove the theory that muscle relaxants destroy muscle tissue. They are many different muscle relaxants and each one has particular side effects related to they chemical properties, however I do not believe that destroing muscle tissue is one of them. ...Read more

Relaxant (Definition)

A relaxant generally refers to a pharmaceutical that either relieves muscles tension or spasm (e.g. Robaxin, (methocarbamol) soma), relieves anxiety and helps one relax (such as xanax). One can become dependent on anti-anxiety medications when used for prolonged periods of time, high dosages used. These drugs must be managed by a medical professional, and if taking for months, should ...Read more


Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more